Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Orlando Magic who are reportedly having ‘mutual interest’ with their former big man Dwight Howard in NBA free agency.
The Orlando Magic are currently looking for a superstar who can help them rebuild their team and have a brighter future in the league. Meanwhile, the 30-year-old big man declined his player option with the Houston Rockets and explore the free agency market to seek for another team.
The Magic made their first move in the recent NBA draft by trading Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis to acquire Serge Ibaka from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Many were disappointed with the Magic’s decision since Victor Oladipo was one of their franchise players.
However, Magic new head coach Frank Vogel stood firm with their decision to trade for Serge Ibaka.
“Serge Ibaka is such an important piece to taking this organization to where we want to take it, to become a defensive monster, be one of the best defensive teams in the league,” said coach Frank Vogel, who was hired by the Magic last month after coaching the Indiana Pacers.
“We are going to preach defense as much as I always have. But you have to have the people that can get the job done.”
With their intention to be the best defensive team in the league, eyeing the return of Dwight Howard to Orlando Magic makes sense. Howard may have been reported to have a dispute with the Rockets but he has proven to be one of the best rim protectors in the league. His dominance under the basket can give a big boost in the Magic’s defensive end.
When Dwight Howard decided to leave the Rockets, he reminisced the times when he was still a dominant player in the Orlando Magic.
“Since I’ve been in the NBA, especially when we (were) in Orlando and (then-coach) Stan (Van Gundy) got there, he made a big emphasis on playing inside-out, and really just playing a bully-type style of basketball,” Howard said.
“And we did pick and rolls too, so it was kind of like a mixture. That’s what threw teams off. It wasn’t (just) me getting post-ups so I can always score, but it was doing that to free up our shooters, to give them more space (and) to really shoot the ball. I feel like that’s a very successful way of playing.”
Dwight Howard might be having an attitude problem on the court but he can still be considered a good fit with the Magic. Frank Vogel is known for his ability to develop a big man into a superstar. He can guide Howard to bring back his full potential and dominance in the court.
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